Friday Faves - Beauty Products | July 10, 2015

Happy weekend! This week's faves are all beauty product related (plus a bonus *fave* at the end) and are items I am using pretty much daily since I tried them. Let's have a look at'em:

this week's Friday Faves - all products I use

this week's Friday Faves - all products I use


THIS LOTION!

I got a small sample packet of this Shea Moisture baby lotion and shampoo/wash from PinchMe a few weeks ago - I don't have any babies anymore! so I planned to use these on myself. I loved the dual wash & shampoo, but I REALLY LOVED that lotion! I am all in with aromatherapy and essential oils, so I liked the fact this lotion contained chamomile, frankincense and myrrh essentials, and argan oil and raw shea for moisture. It smells LUSH and is really quick to absorb and leaves your skin nice and soft, a wee bit scented, and - as I use mine at bedtime on my legs, hands and feet - I think it really does have calming properties that make a for a peaceful, pleasant drift-off. The only downside is the packaging - the first one I bought (I get mine at Target) was way too thick to pump out, and eventually the pump-tube came off and got stuck in the lotion. I took that one back and got another, which has been working fine, so I maybe got an odd batch or old product the first time. VERDICT: I'm buying! but making sure to check the product date


THIS ANTI-PERSPIRANT!

my free full-size sample of Dove sent via Influenster

my free full-size sample of Dove sent via Influenster

Oh, wow - this Dove Advanced Care anti-perspirant, I just can't believe! This is another one that I got as a free sample to test, this time from Influenster via a VoxBox I qualified for, and it was a full-size product (the one shown is the one they sent). From their website product page:

Featuring a light coconut scent with jasmine floral notes and NutriumMoisture that helps skin repair itself from shaving damage, this antiperspirant deodorant delivers 48-hour odor and wetness protection for the ultimate care after every shave.


I will say up front I really dislike deoderant/anti-perspirant and kinda rarely use it even though I should. (I live in Florida and am a sweater - and not the fun & hilarious knitted Christmas Cats kind!) I think it feels gross, usually irritates my sensitive pit-skin, and doesn't seem to work (I'm not just a sweater, I'm a "breakthru-sweater", wheeee). So anyway. I went ahead and tried it - and it's their kinda corny hashtag but it really was #LoveAtFirstSwipe - has a soft but not perfumey scent, it felt nice and smooth going on, it didn't leave white residue or chunks of gunk, and the kicker? I am in the middle of a double bathroom reno so showers are at a premium lately - not only did I not have breakthru sweat at any point the first day - but, after a non showering second day and no reapplication of product - I STILL had no breakthru sweat OR ODOR. That's pretty significant to me 'cuz I can always smell pit-funk thru even a fresh application of deoderant. I haven't been using it long enough to really tell if it's doing the underarm skin-repair thing, and mine are super sensitive and shaving makes them so much worse, so if that claim works even a tad as well as the others, it'll be a bonus. VERDICT: I'm buying!


THIS FACE SPRAY!

Younique 'Refreshed' Rose Water 

Younique 'Refreshed' Rose Water 

Y'all know I am into my essential oils, and I had heard great things about rose oil for skin, like getting redness under control - but MAN, rose oil is super duper expensive! and outta my reach for now. My good friend happens to be a Younique presenter, and I saw where she was using this rosewater facial spray they make, so I asked what she thought of it, and ended up buying one. And I! LOVE! IT! firstly, I mean - just look at it, SO pretty! I know you're not supposed to buy stuff based on packaging, but (sorry. I'mma sucka for pretty package design! or, if the labelling says "NEW!", heheh). Anyway - I'm not a super big fan of the scent of roses, but this one is quite bearable - nice and soft but not powdery, just floral enough but not sickeningly so. And the way it feeeeeeels and makes my skin feel, more than makes up for any scent issue I have. It's quite light, feels so wonderful to spritz on (especially on a hot summer dayif you've just come in from the garden, say) and I am definitely noticing reduced redness and softer feeling skin overall. It does NOT irritate or make my sensitive skin breakout, and while it's marketed as an under-and-over makeup prep and setter, I don't wear a lot of makeup so I use it as a after cleanser moisturizer and skin refresher throughout the day. VERDICT: I'm buying! on repeat!

please note: this product is only available through a Younique presenter. I've included the link to my friend Aimée's presenter page here, but I get nothing in return for that, it just happens to be where I got mine :)

THESE LIP BALMS!

Young Living Lip Balm Trio

Young Living Lip Balm Trio

Another total fave-rave here! I got this 3 pc set of essential oil infused lip balms (they no longer offer the 3pack, that was a special promotion - but you can get each one seperately) in one of my recent Young Living orders, and that's IT. I am in LOVE. The smooth and silky application, the all natural ingredients, the benefits of essential oils. It's all good! I am a HUGE lip balm user! I don't wear lipstick, but I balm it up all day long! I keep the Lavender one by my bedside, the Grapefruit one in my bag - and my son, who is also on the balmwagon ;-) usually keeps the Cinnamint one with him (I had to go searching for it to get the photo!) They don't irritate, they dont really have a flavor, but a mild aroma, and they keep my lips soft and moisturized for hours. I've replaced all other balms with these *EXCEPT* for my tinted BabyLips balms - I still love those and use'em when I want just a kiss'a'color. VERDICT: I'mma keep buying! though I'm bummed they're not offered 3-up any longer

note: these lip balms are only availble for purchase through the Young Living website via a Young Living distributor, of which I am one. If you don't know a YL distributor, feel free to message or email me and I can help you out :)

and finally, the bonus: THIS VIDEO!

I saw it this week, and say what ya want, I don't care! I LOVE IT! Makes me happy <3
Have a wonderful weekend, people!

Friday Faves! July 3, 2015

Heyyyyy stranger! (you know - YOU, the one person who reads this stuff. Mom? That you? haha nope - I don't think even my mom reads my blog. HOW. SAD. is THAT?) Anyway, 3 months later. Hi.

Working up the energy to revamp things around here (turns out I DON'T like this template I chose after all the testing and previous decision making, isn't that awesome.) and in the meantime I was looking up old Facebook posts and remembered a thing called Friday Faves! which, is - exactly what it sounds like. My favorite things I've read or saw or whatever from the week. So let's bring it back! And awayyyyyyy we go!


THIS PICTURE

Baby Bear Chatting Up His Ma

Baby Bear Chatting Up His Ma

One of my very very favorite nature (specifically, the Smokies!) photographers is Bill Lea. He documents (among others) the lives of black bears, and his images are beautiful to be sure, but the stories he shares about them are what really set his photos apart. He is all about teaching us humans how to responsibly interact with and appreciate these wonderful creatures, and for that, I thank him <3  You can find more stunning images of bears and nature in general at his website: Bill Lea and on Facebook: Bill Lea Photography - I promise, you will not be disappointed.


THIS CLUTCH BAG
 

Apt. 9 Oversized Envelope Wristlet

Apt. 9 Oversized Envelope Wristlet

GAH! I KNOW! ISN'T IT GREAT?! So, I had to go to the DMV on Wednesday - they have this whole new check-in process using your cell phone and text messaging, where you can essentially check-in, get in the queue, and then YOU CAN LEAVE. They update you with current wait time periodically then alert you about 15 minutes from your number being called so you can get back. Pretty spiffy! I didn't trust it at first ;-) so I only went across the street to Kohl's to kill some time and $pend some of my birthday giftcard money. I saw this and my heart went ZING! plus it was on sale AND the only one left so I snapped that sucker up! B&W stripes on one side, B&W polka dots on the other. Bigger than a regular wristlet, not as huge as a fullsize envelope clutch. Plus interior pockets for cell phone and assorted other girly paraphernalia. All the wins. Get it here: Apt. 9 Luna Travel Wristlet @ Kohl's

OH RIGHT! the DMV - well, let's just sum it up by saying I ended up trusting the system, going home, coming back when they texted me - easy peasy! And then they were unable to solve my issue anyway. HAH! Whatever.  I gotta cool new bag!


THIS MACRO LENS
 

Photojojo Wide-Angle Macro Lens Combo for iPhone 6

Photojojo Wide-Angle Macro Lens Combo for iPhone 6

Couple Christmases ago "Santa" brought the boys and I a set of cell phone lenses he apparently got on sale at Photojojo. There were three - a fish-eye, a polarizer, and the wide angle / macro combo lens (guess which one Mom got, heh.) Fast forward to me getting a new iPhone and BooHoo my old lens won't fit cuz it needs a different type of attachment piece (they're magnetic, so you apply the attachment ring or plate to your device, then the lenses interchange off of that. Plus they come with little keychain type holders and lens caps). This week PJo had a flash sale that I happened to be right on time for, and nabbed a new combo lens AND attachment for the iPhone 6 for like $10! It came yesterday, and save a tiny issue where my current case won't let the lens sit *quite* flat againt the phone - it still works great and I AM SO HAPPY to be back in macro action! Here are a few quick pics I took with just the phone + lens, no filters or edits.

The flash sale is over but even at the regular price it's a good buy for a sweet lil cell phone lens. And they have other lenses and are available for a buncha phone models, even Android. PLUS! If you go thru this link you get $5 off (I think it's a min $25 purchase) and then *I* get a $5 buck coupon for next time. An' not to put any pressure on ya, but - I been eyein' up a Gorillapod Mobile stand, sooooo ... jus'sayin' ...


Okay! That's the faves this week - (I know - short 'n sweet, that's how I do! ... well, not really  - long & convoluted is usually how I do, concise and succinct I really gotta work at) Tune in next week when I rave about new faves! WHEEEEEE!
And oh yeah - hey USA - Happy 4th of Fireworks and BBQs and junk! Hurrah! (uh, where's the dog?) ...

New Dawn, New Day

Guess what time it is, guys!? YEAH, MONARCH TIME!


Kinda funny that I'd jusssst complained about my milkweed not doing so well over the winter, and that I hadn't seen any new cats in soooo long - like literally THAT DAY I glanced out the window to see a monarch fly by <3 Checking the garden I found a couple teensy cats on the scraggly ass milkweed, and so I set off to the nursery intending to replenish my plants with big new healthy ones. WELL. The nursery was OUT! they seriously had ONE MILKWEED PLANT left and I grabbed that pot up like it was a container fulla gold! The weekend (being of the sunny lovely springtime type in Florida) had cleared them right out, so in fact I was really lucky to score that one. And it must have been for a reason, because ...

 

newly laid monarch egg on underside of milkweed leaf

newly laid monarch egg on underside of milkweed leaf

munch munch munch - 3rd instar eating all that milkweed

munch munch munch - 3rd instar eating all that milkweed

making a "J" - getting settled in to pupate

making a "J" - getting settled in to pupate

pupa case complete! check back in 7-10 days to see who comes out

pupa case complete! check back in 7-10 days to see who comes out

Pretty and pretty gosh-darn awesome, right? All the pics are of the same monarch caterpillar EXCEPT the first one of the egg - that was either one that came attached to the new plant I bought, or was quickly laid there by a mama monarch that came by the afternoon I put the plant in the yard :) But the other three images are of the first cat I'd seen in the garden - and if we've read the "signs" correctly - we've determined it's gonna be a girl! >> Sexing a Monarch Pupa

So, I will be keeping tabs and will be back in about a week to letcha know what we get!